Oita Trinita Season Preview 2019

OITA TRINITA After being relegated to J2 in 2013 Oita are finally back in J1 6 years later, but they’ve had a rough road getting here. In 2015 they were relegated to J3, but had no problems winning promotion the following year.  Manager Tomohiro Katanosaka have been in charge ever since the J3-days, and a…

Nagoya Grampus Season Preview 2019

NAGOYA GRAMPUS Nagoya Grampus won their first 2 matches last season, but then went on to go on a 15-match run without a win.  So they were in real danger of getting relegated, but after they brought in a couple of reinforcements in Maeda, Eduardo Neto and Nakatani they turned things around. They conceded 59…

Matsumoto Yamaga Season Preview 2019

MATSUMOTO YAMAGA There were only 1 point separating the top 4 teams in J2 last season, But Matsumoto came out on top which was mostly due to their strong defensive record. They only conceded 34 goals in 42 matches – by far the lowest in the league, and lost only 7 games throughout the season….

Kawasaki Frontale Season Preview 2019

KAWASAKI FRONTALE Back-to-back wins for Kawasaki now in the league, and they are looking as strong as ever. Last season was particularly impressive, as they finished 12 points ahead of their nearest rival and they are clearly the team to beat this season too. A bit surprisingly the highly important wingback Elsinho have chosen to…

Kashima Antlers Season Preview 2019

KASHIMA ANTLERS Kashima have been constantly good for several years now, and are always a team to watch out for in J.League.   Last year’s 3rd place was not bad, especially considering they won the ACL for the first time in club history. However, they should be a bit worried about the 13-point difference up to…

Jubilo Iwata Season Preview 2019

JUBILO IWATA After a positive 2017-season it was back to basics for Iwata last year, and they only avoided relegation by beating Tokyo Verdy in the J1/J2-playoff final. To their defence, they struggled with a lot of injuries last year to several key members which obviously affected their performances. But manager Hiroshi Nanami has a…

Gamba Osaka Season Preview 2019

GAMBA OSAKA Gamba have had 2 rather poor seasons in a row now with a 9th and 10th place finish which is much lower than what their fans would expect.  The form they showed in the 2nd half of the season was quite promising though, and they won 9 out of their last 10 matches…

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Season Preview 2019

CONSADOLE SAPPORO: Consadole had a fantastic season last year, and finished on a best ever 4th place. They just missed out on top 3 and ACL by a point, which would have been a great reward for their impressive season. Mihailo Petrovic really managed to get this team to play the way he wanted, and…

Cerezo Osaka Season Preview 2019

CEREZO OSAKA: Cerezo were a bit of a disappointment last season as they were expected to build on the 2 cup-wins from the year before.  But instead we saw them put in mediocre performances week after week, with several of the key players failing to show up in big matches. For example, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Japan…

J.League 1 Season Preview 2018 – Table Prediction

Ranking Team Predicted Finish Score (max 30) 1 Kashima Antlers 1st – 2nd 28 2 Urawa Reds 1st – 3rd 27,5 3 Kawasaki Frontale 1st – 3rd 27,5 4 Kashiwa Reysol 2nd – 5th 25 5 Cerezo Osaka 3rd – 5th 24 6 Gamba Osaka 5th – 8th 22 7 Jubilo Iwata 6th – 9th…